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Grand Nirvana Wins Roma Cup

Monday, 30th May 2011

Deceased former Durham Lodge stallion Scenic (Sadler's Wells-Idyllic, by Foolish Pleasure) added a group success when 5YO gelding Grand Nirvana (Scenic-Paradise Park, by Bletchley Park) scored by a long-head in the $125,000 weight-for-age Gr3 Roma Cup (1200m) at Belmont Park in Perth to claim this race for the 2nd time (having also won in 2009, as well as finishing 3rd last year). Grand Nirvana (ridden by Daniel Staeck for trainer Fred Kersley) defeated favoured 4YO mare Power Princess (Marwina-All Electric, by Canonise) & 7YO gelding King Kool Kat (King Cugat-Affaire En Or, by Dieu D'Or). Grand Nirvana took his record to 8 wins (also including 2010’s Gr3 Belmont Sprint over 1400) at Belmont Park & Listed H.G.Bolton Sprint over 1200m at Belmont Park, plus 2009's Gr3 Roma Cup over 1200m at Belmont Park, Listed H.G.Bolton Stakes over 1200m at Belmont Park & Listed Belmont Guineas over 1600m, as well as 2008's Listed Fairetha Stakes over 1400m at Ascot & Listed Supremacy Stakes over 1100m at Ascot) & 7 placings (including 2010’s Gr3 Roma Cup over 1200m at Belmont Park, plus 2009's Gr3 Asian Beau Stakes over 1400m at Ascot & Gr3 R.J.Peters Stakes over 1500m at Ascot, as well as 2008's Gr2 Karrakatta Plate over 1200m at Ascot, Gr3 WA Sires' Produce Stakes over 1400m at Ascot & Listed Belgravia Stakes over 1200m at Ascot) from 29 starts for $815,250 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)

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